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Ian Peebles

I am a doctoral candidate in Penn's philosophy department, also studying social, cognitive, and affective neuroscience in Penn's Center for Neuroscience and Society.  My primary research interests are in normative ethics, applied ethics (especially bio/neuroethics), and the philosophy of race.  More specifically, I am interested in the ethics of neuroenhancements, the ethics of liberal eugenics, and the role of race theory in medical praxis.  I have secondary interests in (neo-)Aristotelian virtue ethics and various issues in the philosophy of religion.

Since 2018, I have worked with Karen Detlefsen’s Philosophy for the Young program, developing curricula and facilitating philosophical discussions for elementary-aged and middle school students at Benjamin B. Comegys School in West Philadelphia.  Additionally, I have served as a graduate fellow for Penn’s Center for Africana Studies Summer Institute for Pre-Freshmen (2018, 2019, 2020) and a graduate representative for the Rutgers Summer Institute for Diversity in Philosophy (2018, 2019).  

I have been a Fontaine Fellow since Fall 2017, and will serve as a Wolf Humanities Center Graduate Fellow for the 2020-21 academic year.

Outside of philosophy, I enjoy spending time with my family outdoors (usually playing sports), dancing, watching all things comedy related, and nerding out about superhero lore.

Research Interests

  • Ethics
  • Philosophy of Race

Cohen 451

By appointment only.